The combination of lime juice, sugar and garlic with nuoc mam (Vietnamese fish sauce) creates a salty, pungent dressing that's quintessentially Southeast Asian. Tofu turns this salad into a satisfying main course. More Fast Asian Recipes

Melissa Rubel Jacobson
February 2009

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Recipe Summary

total:
25 mins
Yield:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a large bowl, toss the watercress with the mint, basil, cucumber, chile, shallot and tofu.

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  • In a small skillet, combine the vegetable oil with the nuoc mam, lime juice, brown sugar and garlic and cook over moderate heat just until bubbles form around the edge of the skillet, about 1 minute. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss. Mound the salad on plates, sprinkle with the sesame seeds and serve.

Suggested Pairing

Citrusy, medium-bodied Alsatian Riesling.

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